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A Proud Moment for RVYC

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On Saturday, February 4, Sail Canada and Rolex Canada presented the Sail Canada Rolex Sailor of the Year Awards. As a club, we already knew Head Coach, Steve McBride would be awarded the Coach of the Year award, but it still brought a bit of a tear to our eyes when we heard that he was not only awarded, but received a standing ovation for his coaching excellence. We couldn't be more proud of our Head Coach, and congratulate him on every step of his journey.

As the night went on, we all sat in anticipation to hear who the Rolex Sailor of the Year Award would go to. It was down to four finalists:

Lee Parkhill
Mike Milner
Sonar Team; Paul Tingley, Scott Lutes and Logan Campbell
and SKUD Team; Jackie Gay & John McRoberts

The Rolex Sailor of the Year Award,  Sail Canada's most prestigious award, is presented annually to a Canadian sailor for bringing recognition to Canadian sailing and Sail Canada.

Finally, the results were in, and (as most of us know already), John and Jackie were announced! John and Jackie received their award with grace and a tear jerking speech. We also couldn't be more proud of this fearless duo and all the accomplishments they have made. It wasn't an easy journey to the Rio Paralympics in 2016, but they came away with a Silver Medal in SKUD Sailing and this prestigious award.

Congratulations Team!

To see John and Jackie's acceptance speech - click here.

To see a report from Sail Canada - click here.